FREMANTLE has been added as a stopover for crews taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Crews aboard twelve 70-foot vessels will berth at the Fremantle Sailing Club in late November after completing the Southern Ocean leg from Cape Town.
Race chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968 and 1969, said he was excited to be visiting the port city.
“Our crew are sure to enjoy the famed Western Australian hospitality and natural beauty of the area, as well as the superb sailing conditions,” he said.
“The journey from Cape Town will be tough.
“The Southern Ocean always has some of the most testing conditions of the circumnavigation, so Fremantle will be a welcome sight for the fleet.”
Fremantle was the race’s first ever Australian stopover port and Mayor Brad Pettitt was excited to welcome crews back.
“The City of Fremantle is delighted to welcome this global event back to our port city, which will be a real treat for all local yachting enthusiasts and beachgoers this November,” he said.
Fremantle Sailing Club Commodore Bill Burbidge echoed those comments.
“Many of us remember fondly the last time the Clipper Race visited Fremantle and we look forward to hosting crews, officials and spectators from all walks of life at our famous yachting venue on the west coast,” he said.
The eleventh edition of the 40,000 nautical mile adventure will start in Liverpool on August 20 and visits six continents.